Name: WO1 John David Eddy
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/11/1972 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.9
Date of Birth: 02/01/1950
Home City: Ann Arbor, MI
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 162 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 71-7
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-096
Short Summary: Shot down app. 8 miles south of Ca Mau during a mission covering CH-47's on resupply. Greg Bradley and Lynn Pennington were wingmen.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 65-09543
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 06/16/1971
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: An Xugen Province IV Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: WR190000
Additional information about this casualty:
Warrant Officer John David Eddy was born on March 1, 1950 to Mr. and Mrs. Delvord Eddy of Ann Arbor, Michigan. John is a 1968 graduate of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. He loved team sports, the out-of-doors, and camping trips to Lake Huron when he was young. John's ambition was to fly. Warrant Officer Eddy enlisted in the Army in 1970. He completed helicopter flight training at Fort Wolters, Texas. He went through advanced flight training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Warrant Officer John David Eddy began his tour in An Xugen Province, South Vietnam on June 16, 1971. John was the copilot of a helicopter gunship when it was struck by enemy gunfire and crashed. Warrant Officer Eddy died with three of crew-members on January 11, 1972. Warrant Officer John David Eddy earned the Air Medal for herosim, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense and Vietnam Service Medals and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. The South Vietnamese Government presented him with the Military Merit Medal and Gallantry Cross with Palm. His name is listed on the Vietnam Memorial in Ypsilanti Township under Ann Arbor. He is also listed on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC on Panel 02W Line 096. Inscription: Michigan, WO U.S. Army, Vietnam, BSM AM & 6 OLC, PH Burial: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Dexter, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
Burial information: DEXTER CEMETERY, DEXTER, MI
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
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